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~~In Loving Memory~~

firefighter

 

On September 11, 2001, the world as I knew it ceased to be;
the familiar skyline I had taken for granted....

 

old skyline
changed forever

wtc gone

So did I. So, no doubt, did you. Where the towers stood, was a gaping hole filled with twisted metal and the dust of buildings mingled with the dust of mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, loved ones and potential loved ones.

 

I was a 20-minute train ride away, and knew no one personally in those towers, on those planes, or in the Pentagon, but that gaping hole tore inside me with more excrutiating pain than I ever thought I could endure.

 

 

In time, I may be able to put words to the grief I feel about what happened that day, about what we as human beings do to each other, but for now, I just want to take a moment to honor those innocent lives who were taken from us, those amazing self-less heroes in the NY Fire and Police Departments, and to send my heart out to all who lost loved ones here in NY and at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.

 

I also want to tell my fellow New Yorkers that I have never been prouder of being among you than I have been since that day. Your strength and compassion in the days and weeks after this horrible tragedy have been nothing short of amazing. Like the sign I saw walking through the streets of what seemed to be a small town filled with family, You do us proud, New York. You do us proud.

 

 

The following two links are to sites that have beautiful 9/11 Tributes. The remaining links are to pages I made. "One" is a short Quicktime movie I put together from photos I found on the web, and some that I took in the days and weeks after 9/11. It will take a few minutes to load, but I think it's worth the wait.

 

 

WTC Tributes

Light Of Hope

Normal Day

~~ONE~~

To Friends I Never Knew

The Truth About Evil

Calling Forth The Light

Eternal Light

Remembering 9/11 (a year later)~ page one...

newSeptember 11, 2003

 

 

A final thought. As much as I grieve for our loss, the greater part of me knows that there is no death. The men and women and children who were taken from us that day are very much alive. They are as they have always been, beautiful eternal souls, now gone to their true home. They were lent to us for awhile and we have become richer for that presence. We honor them by remembering the love and beauty they brought to this world, and by living each day to the fullest.

 

 

firemen

 

 

~DO NOT STAND AT MY GRAVE AND WEEP~
Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush;
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there; I did not die.

~~Author Unknown~~

 

 

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"The flame that burns the brightest
is the light of the eternal human spirit:
a beacon of love, justice and peace
that will never be extinguished.

It will triumph over the forces of darkness
And illunminate for the whole world
The true path to freedom,
Through goodness, hope and love."

Author Unknown

 

 

When I despair,
I remember that all through history
the ways of truth and love have always won.
There have been tyrants, and murderers,
and for a time they can seem invincible,
but in the end they always fall.
Think of it - always.

~Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

Violence never again!
War never again!
Terrorism never again!
In God's name,
may all religions bring upon earth
justice and peace,
forgiveness, life and love!


His Holiness Pope John Paul II - 01/24/2002

 

 

I will permit no man
to narrow and degrade my soul
by making me hate him.

~Booker T. Washington

 

 

 

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